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Förnuftets spärrar - En kritisk analys av en universell förnuftsförståelse

Pettersson, Jonna (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In this thesis I discuss how the western conception of reason is an aspect of power. I consider the western comprehension of rationality to be a masculine and ethnocentric understanding, though by itself acclaimed to be universal. My purpose with this thesis is to analyze how this western and masculine conceptualisation of reason follows a gramscian structure of power, which makes it reproduce itself in the postcolonial project of science.

The theory of hegemony and ideology of Antonio Gramsci is central for analyzing the reproduction of the western subject of knowledge. The theoretical approach is also based on the understanding of the Other as essential for defining the identity of the self. My two main objects of study is one text of... (More)
In this thesis I discuss how the western conception of reason is an aspect of power. I consider the western comprehension of rationality to be a masculine and ethnocentric understanding, though by itself acclaimed to be universal. My purpose with this thesis is to analyze how this western and masculine conceptualisation of reason follows a gramscian structure of power, which makes it reproduce itself in the postcolonial project of science.

The theory of hegemony and ideology of Antonio Gramsci is central for analyzing the reproduction of the western subject of knowledge. The theoretical approach is also based on the understanding of the Other as essential for defining the identity of the self. My two main objects of study is one text of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, which discuss the problems of representation, and one of Chandra Talpade Mohanty, in which she examines the tendency to neocolonization in certain western postcolonial feminist research. Through the theory of Gramsci I come to the conclusion that the masculine conception of knowledge reproduces itself every time the intellectual assume her transparency. There for every form of representation is a failure and results in a colonization of the Other. (Less)
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author
Pettersson, Jonna
supervisor
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
epistemology, eurocentrism, Antonio Gramsci, postcolonial studies, gender studies, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
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1328409
date added to LUP
2006-02-10
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2006-02-10
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  abstract     = {In this thesis I discuss how the western conception of reason is an aspect of power. I consider the western comprehension of rationality to be a masculine and ethnocentric understanding, though by itself acclaimed to be universal. My purpose with this thesis is to analyze how this western and masculine conceptualisation of reason follows a gramscian structure of power, which makes it reproduce itself in the postcolonial project of science.

The theory of hegemony and ideology of Antonio Gramsci is central for analyzing the reproduction of the western subject of knowledge. The theoretical approach is also based on the understanding of the Other as essential for defining the identity of the self. My two main objects of study is one text of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, which discuss the problems of representation, and one of Chandra Talpade Mohanty, in which she examines the tendency to neocolonization in certain western postcolonial feminist research. Through the theory of Gramsci I come to the conclusion that the masculine conception of knowledge reproduces itself every time the intellectual assume her transparency. There for every form of representation is a failure and results in a colonization of the Other.},
  author       = {Pettersson, Jonna},
  keyword      = {epistemology,eurocentrism,Antonio Gramsci,postcolonial studies,gender studies,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Förnuftets spärrar - En kritisk analys av en universell förnuftsförståelse},
  year         = {2006},
}